Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo both arrived ripped and ready for the official pre-fight weigh-in ahead of their 140-pound title unification clash Saturday evening at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Local hero Burns (41-5-1, 14KOs) tipped the scales at a cut-up 139.2 pounds for his second attempted defense of his third title reign in as many weight classes. The wildly popular Scot previously held alphabet crowns at super featherweight and lightweight before becoming a triple division titlist with an 8th round stoppage of Michelle Di Rocco last May.
However, he is in the twilight of his career and comes in against a dangerous foe in Indongo (21-0, 11KOs). The unbeaten boxer from Namibia weighed a shredded 139.3 pounds in his first bout since annexing his version of the super lightweight crown with a stunning 1st round knockout of Eduard Troyanovsky last December on the road in Moscow, Russia after having never previously fought outside of his home country.
The 34-year old southpaw showed no fear whatsoever in stepping to Burns in hostile territory. Their obligatory face-off following the weigh-in was met with a confident Indongo offering a throat-slashing gesture in promising to slay the house favorite.
Saturday's title unifier will air live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and on A Wealth of Entertainment (AWE TV) in the United States. Fans without access to either network can view the card via live stream (with subscription) on KlowdTV.com.
Also on the show are a pair of 2016 Great Britain Olympians who are now part of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable.
Josh Kelly makes his long awaited pro debut as he faces Ireland's Jay Byrne in a scheduled four-round middleweight heat. Kelly - who fought as a welterweight for Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympics - tipped the scales at a lean and ready 156 lbs. Byrne (4-1, 1KO) weighed 159 lbs. for the occasion.
Lawrence Okolie (1-0, 1KO) - the heavyweight representative for the 2016 Great Britain Olympic boxing team in Rio - returns following a successful pro debut just three weeks ago in Manchester, England. The 24-year old is campaigning as a cruiserweight in the pro ranks, as both he and opponent Lukas Rusiewicz came in right at the 200-pound divisional mark (according the weigh-in emcee, although the digital scale provided different results).
With victories, Kelly and Okolie are both expected to return on Matchroom's blockbuster April 29 bill in London, headed by Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense versus former World champion Wladimir Klitschko.
The lone bad apple from Friday's weigh-in was Iain Butcher (16-2, 8KOs), who failed on two tries to squeeze into a super flyweight uniform for his domestic title scrap with Charlie Edwards. Butcher's official weight was 115.9 lbs., nearly a full pound above the 115-pound divisional limit. As such, he is not eligible to win the vacant British super flyweight title at stake, whereas Edwards (14-1, 9KOs) - who weighed a trim 114 lbs. - can claim the belt should he emerge victorious.
Edwards' lone career loss came in a rushed-to-the-title knockout defeat versus John Riel Casimero last September. He seeks his second straight victory on Saturday following the aforementioned setback.